Category: Quick Reflections and WebMentions

Sources of Cognitive Load

Stephen Downes comes right out of the gate in response to this article from The Learning Scientists: Sources of Cognitive Load: I would love to pull up a chair in a conference plenary where that statement is made. Largely because of how my peers (probably me at many points in history) act around so-called myths…

By JR June 30, 2024 Off

Role of AI chatbots in education: systematic literature review

Labadze, L., Grigolia, M., & Machaidze, L. (2023). Role of AI chatbots in education: systematic literature review. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 20(1), 56. Overview The article systematically reviews the role of AI chatbots in education, analyzing their benefits, challenges, and potential limitations. It examines the integration of chatbots from the perspectives of students…

By JR June 30, 2024 Off

What is the purpose of educational technology?

Martin Weller kicks off an interesting question, that honestly, would be an amazing session in an EdTech program (hint hint), what is the purpose of educational technology? Martin proposes: Improve learning performance: Educational technology aims to enhance learning outcomes as measured by assessments and tests, though long-term impacts on performance may vary. Making learning more…

By JR June 30, 2024 Off

Learning Design for an age where old norms are fading away

Neil Mosley shared thoughts in the post by the same title. He discusses the transition in higher education towards lifelong learning. He critiques the traditional educational model for not meeting contemporary needs and underscores the importance of flexible, multidisciplinary learning designs. He emphasizes the need for sophisticated design methods and a deep understanding of learner…

By JR June 30, 2024 Off

On blocking Gutenberg

Pat Lockley reading my mind this week. I use a few content management systems, and learning management systems. I’ve actively had to use, and train others on, the big four LMSs in higher ed in North American in the past three years (BBL, Canvas, Moodle, and Brightspace). Everytime I engage with these systems I have…

By JR March 4, 2023 Off

Guru-itis potentially fatal to good teachers

I encountered this article via Downes OLDaily, Grant Frost, frostededucation, Feb 10, 2023 “Among professional fields of study,” writes Grant Frost. “I am not sure any can quite match education when it comes to the prevalence of what I like to call ‘Guruitis’,” a term he uses to describe “the penchant that educational authorities have for…

By JR February 12, 2023 Off